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Books: Marina Warner’s “Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights” - Critical Mass Blog

Books: Marina Warner’s “Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights” - Critical Mass Blog | flânerie | Scoop.it
The National Book Critics Circle, founded at the Algonquin Round Table in 1974, honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

 

[2012, Criticism] Here’s a maddeningly looping tall tale about the enchantment of story telling that has cast a spell over readers and writers for centuries: A sultan, incensed to murderous rage by an act of cuckoldry, orders a new bride to be presented to him each night and summarily beheaded the following morning. The daughter of the vizier, knowing what awaits her should she fail, hatches a plan with her sister. She will accompany her into the sultan’s bedroom, and begin to tell him a tale. When the morning breaks, when “the time for speaking is over,” the sultan finds himself so charmed by the story she tells and so eager to hear how it turns out that the execution is stayed for one more evening, and one more, and one more. The storyteller, Scheherazade, wagers with her neck that literature can stave off death, and against the longest of odds, the marvelously recursive Alf Layla wa-Layla, or The Thousand and One Nights, or the Arabian Nights, is both the proof and the payoff of her long-shot gamble.

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Telling stories, Shahrazad, Alf Leila wa-Layla, Borges, oral tradition, the palimpsest (and maze) of stories told/retold, and more...add this one to the reading list...

 

Citing Borges (as the author does) on The Arabian Nights: 'I think the reader should enrich what he is reading. He should misunderstand the text; he should change it into something else." I'd add, be aware of and acknowledge the change: do not erase the originals or silence their tellers, rendering them invisible.

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Susan Sontag on Literature and Freedom

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“Literature can train, and exercise, our ability to weep for those who are not us or ours.”

"The humanities give us a chance to read
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use | flânerie | Scoop.it
Kinder in einem Feriendorf / Martin Munkacsi / 1929
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes.
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'Ghost Peloton', A Stunning Public Art Performance of LED-Lit Cyclists and Dancers

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In the public art performance Ghost Peloton, dancers and cyclists don LED lightsuits and hurtle through the dark in a jaw-dropping choreographed spectacle. The performance couples a night ride by L...
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Fallen Angel by Ian Penman, City Journal Summer 2014

Fallen Angel by Ian Penman, City Journal Summer 2014 | flânerie | Scoop.it
The tragic life and enduring influence of critic Walter Benjamin
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Even Cities Are Jumping on the Open Source Bandwagon ...

Even Cities Are Jumping on the Open Source Bandwagon ... | flânerie | Scoop.it
But it's also a wholesale philosophy that can be applied to many aspects of society—like running a city. The basic principle behind open source code—that it's available to anyone to use, modify, and build off of—translates to ...
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Tweet from @AamAadmiParty

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We salute Rabindranath Tagore on his death anniversary, he was the 1st non-European to win Nobel Prize in Literature. http://t.co/YWDDszAclx
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Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects | MIT Technology Review

Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects | MIT Technology Review | flânerie | Scoop.it
The first study of dialects on Twitter reveals global patterns that have never been observed before.
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The walk that made me love Japan - BBC News

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The walk that made me love Japan BBC News The whole exquisite expanse around it, with its pond and statues and pathways leading to elegant restaurants – and a street of secrets behind – has a 19th-century flavour to it, as if made for providing...
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What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature's Most Famous Meals

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Dinah Fried's new photo book brings the words of authors such as James Joyce and Lewis Caroll to life (What it Takes to Cook Some of Literature's Most Famous Meals http://t.co/LYxyLgUhGs)...
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East Hills Council of Neighbors to unveil public space strategy | The Rapidian

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The East Hills Council of Neighbors will unveil how it is planning for people- instead of cars- when they present their public space strategy at a public meeting on Monday, June 23.
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Junot Diaz, Jonathan Lethem, Art Spiegelman join protest against New York Public Library renovation

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A host of New York literary heavyweights, including seven Pulitzer prize winners, have joined opposition to the proposed NYPL Central Plan. (Resistance to the gutting of the NYPL’s 42nd St.
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In Progress: Eiffel Tower’s 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière

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Courtesy of Moatti-Rivière Architects: Moatti-Rivière Location: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France Area: 4,586 (In Progress: Eiffel Tower’s 1st Floor Redevelopment / Moatti-Rivière
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Rising sea levels will drown your Western art history course | Grist

Rising sea levels will drown your Western art history course | Grist | flânerie | Scoop.it
According to a new report published Wednesday in Environmental Research Letters, everything you love is going to disappear, assuming you are the kind of person who loves old art and history and stuff.
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E-readers: the perfect home for border-crossing poetry - The Guardian

E-readers: the perfect home for border-crossing poetry - The Guardian | flânerie | Scoop.it
A collaboration between a British poet, an Italian architect and a Germany publisher demonstrates the pan-global power of ebooks, writes James Bridle
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Timeline Photos - Kalpana Sunder -Travel writer and photographer | Facebook

Timeline Photos - Kalpana Sunder -Travel writer and photographer | Facebook | flânerie | Scoop.it
I enjoy big cities as much as Nature and mountains...Look for public art installations, quirky graffiti, atmospheric cafes and buildings that are...
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EV Grieve

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EV Grieve is the leading news, entertainment and lifestyle blog about the East Village of New York City.
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The 18 Most Innovative Cities On Earth - Business Insider

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Cities might be humanity's greatest invention — if you listen to Harvard economist Ed Glaeser, author of "Triumph of the City." "So much of what humankind has achieved over the past three millennia has come out of the ...
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When New York was graffiti central

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Forty years ago Norman Mailer published an essay in which he declared graffiti "The Great Art of the 70s" - but in 15 years it had gone. ("It was like an explosion": where has the "great art" of 1970s New York subway graffiti gone?
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"Matter, Myth, and Meaning: Fantasy Literature in the Theology and Science Dialogue", Joshua D. Reichard, PhD, EdS, Resident Scholar

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"Matter, Myth, and Meaning: Fantasy Literature in the Theology and Science Dialogue"

In this lecture, Dr.
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City streets offer feast for cops and poets alike

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City streets offer feast for cops and poets alike GazetteNET Roaming these same streets recently were poet Betsy Wheeler and a group of literary minded folks participating in the first of a series of “flâneur walks” organized by the...
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How Overprotective Paris Became the Center of Street Art 

How Overprotective Paris Became the Center of Street Art  | flânerie | Scoop.it
One morning last fall, American graffiti artist Cope2 (real name: Fernando Carlo) walked up the Rue Oberkampf in Paris to a bare wall abutting the century-old Café Charbon.
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Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

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Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of (Symposium: Cities and Citizenship http://t.co/5u5NLkBzJC...
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Wildlife in the concrete jungle – share your pictures, videos and stories

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Foxes, hyenas, elephants or rats? We want to hear all about your encounters with urban animals.
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